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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Floating Baths in Vltava River, Prague by Kubna Lipensky Volf Architects

January 25th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Kubna Lipensky Volf Architects

Bath on Vltava is conceived as a closed rounded space, floating on the water surface. Floating object is accessible by the boat and it is not connected to the banks of the river. It is an island. We insert place for take a rest and meeting with friends during busy day in close distance to Strelecky and Slovansky Island, many small harbors with boats and treadles, but also streets overloaded with cars.

Exterier view from the bridge

  • Architects: Kubna Lipensky Volf Architects
  • Project: Floating Baths
  • Location: Vltava River, Prague
  • Visualizations: Andrea Kubna (photos for visualization by Ondrej Lipensky)
  • Area: 2 000 m2
  • Project year: 2011

Summer interior of floating baths

Around the perimeter of the bath are placed leasable cabins with couches and necessary services. The bath is complemented by the bar with refreshment, that is accessible from the inner pool area but also straight from the river outside. In the outer circle is also a sauna with a restroom and main entrance.

Summer interior of floating baths

In the middle of the area is the pool with river water, filtered by special textile membrane. The membrane prevents dirt particles intrusion, bacteria intrusion and eliminates the odors. The result is safe bathing in clean water. It is possible to descend to the pool using staircase created by centered circular platforms.

Winter interior of floating icering

The surface of the pool is 900 m2 and the maximum capacity is 300 people at one moment. The depth of swimming pool is 165 cm. It has 4 lanes 25 m long each. The pool for the children is on the side of the main pool, demarcated with fixed net. Bathers can use common services, such as entrance foyer, restroom, sauna, steam, bar, public lavatories, showers and cloakrooms. All spaces except of sauna, cloakrooms and lavatories are not heated and serve just during the summer.

Exterier view from river bank

It has been more than 50 years since people could ice skate on the Vltava river. According to witnesses, the river was frozen for the last time in 1956, when the temperature dropped to -26°C. Since then it freezes only around harbors Smichov and Podoli. We propose restoration of this tradition to the city. The swimming pool is covered by prefabricated wooden structure in winter and than an ice surface is created on it. After many years it could be opened to ice skaters again.

Textile membrane filtration

Floor plan – Pool rounded by cabins

Section – Wooden construction is based on concrete pontoon

Transportation of dismantled pontoon


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